Social Work Month Celebrates Profession's History of Social Justice
Social workers are essential to community well-being.

As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to optimal living. They are employed to effect positive change with individuals, families, groups and entire communities.

As a profession, social workers frequently use their collective power to pass laws and establish policies that give more people access to community services and benefits, improving the quality of life for everyone.

Social work is the only helping profession which requires social justice advocacy as part of its professional code of ethics, and is therefore a large workforce mandated to advance the rights of the most vulnerable in society.

For more than 120 years, the social work profession in the United States has helped bend the arc of justice, making our nation a more equitable and inclusive place. 
Live Well Peer Groups Lend Support
Live Well is now offering in-person group therapy sessions covering various topics detailed below. Groups will begin once they’ve been filled with an aimed start date of March 1.
Healthy Living for a Healthy Life 
Time: Tuesdays; Session 1 - 5 sessions at 5-5:30 PM; Session 2 - 5 sessions at 1-2 PM
Location: Live Well Lexington meeting room
Members: Individuals 18 and older; Session 1: working individuals seeking to improve the quality of their life; Session 2: disabled individuals seeking to improve the quality of their life
Referral process: This group is for individuals 18 or older affected by mental illness and seeking to improve their quality of life by exploring healthy lifestyle choices as well as assessing diet, sleep and schedules, substance use, exercise and movement, balance and boundaries.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy!                                          
Time: Tuesdays, 5-6 PM
Location: Live Well Concordia meeting room
Members: Individuals 16 and older
Referral Process: This group is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with any type of anxiety disorder. Individuals seeking to participate in the group will be pre-screened with a 3-question assessment tool. If the individual answers yes to all three questions, the individual's contact information will be submitted to the group facilitator, who will inform participants of acceptance to the group. No new participants will be added after the Week 3 of a cycle.
Life is Weird: A Girl’s Guide to Understanding the Big Stuff
Time: Monday mornings at 9 AM
Location: Group meeting room next to the High School office
Members: Girls ages 13-18 from Carrolton School District who face challenges with self-esteem and stress management
Come as You Are
Time: Thursday nights at 5 PM
Location: Live Well Buckner Annex group room
Members: This is an open, ongoing group therapy session for individuals struggling with substance addiction in any stage of recovery.
For more information or to reserve your spot, call 660.251.6560.
Missouri's COVID-19 Vaccinations
Missouri is currently vaccinating PHASE 1A, PHASE 1B - TIER 1, and PHASE 1B - TIER 2. Those eligible for one of these phases can view a map of vaccinator sites here:
Visit the Vaccine Navigator to register and begin the vaccination process. For questions about the Navigator, call the COVID-19 hotline at 877.435.8411.
CDC Suggests Doubling Up on Masks
Due to new variants of COVID-19 in the US, the CDC now recommends wearing a mask with two or three layers when in public and continuing to abide by social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Learn more about how to properly fit and wear masks to best protect yourself and others:
Mask Tips from the CDC
Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program (CCTRP) Provides Support
The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP) offers caregivers free care consultations, customized in-home care assessments and training, tools to reduce stress, improve communication, make home-safety improvements, and reimburses up to $700 for qualified respite-related expenses. CCTRP, provided through a grant from Missouri DHSS, incorporates two tracks: Caregiver Training Program and Caregiver Relief Program. Learn more about program benefits and help spread the word about these free services.
The Caregiver Training Program, provided by Memory Care Home Solutions, reduces caregiver stress, improves ability to manage daily caregiving, helps families implement new dementia-care strategies, increases overall confidence and dedication, and helps individuals with dementia remain at home.

Contact an intake specialist at 314.645.6247 or visit
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri is offering the Caregiver Relief Program

It includes care plans to address unmet needs, links caregivers to resources, and reimburses for qualified respite expenses up to $700. 

Register Today for the
Rural Health Workforce Conference
The Rural Health Workforce Conference (RHWC) will be held April 22-24, 2021 at the Courtyard Marriott in Columbia, MO. Get event details, hotel information, and purchase in-person or virtual tickets: 
2021 Is Your Year to Kick Butts!